9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World
Health for All: Accelerate Efforts for Birth Defects Prevention and Care

01-04 March 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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About ICBD 2019

About the conference
Recognizing the need to build capacity in lower-income countries for the prevention of birth defects and preterm birth and care of those affected, the goal of these biennial conferences has been to provide specific practical tools and approaches that developing country participants can use to implement and strengthen surveillance and health care delivery and influence policy and funding in support when they return to their respective countries.

Previous conferences
Bogotá D.C., Colombia (2017), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (2015), Cebu, Philippines (2013); Lodz, Poland (2011); New Delhi, India (2009); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007); Beijing, China (2005); Johannesburg, South Africa, (2001).

Who should attend?
Health care providers, policymakers, researchers, donors, parent-patient organizations, other NGOs and youth volunteers from across the world interested in strengthening reproductive, maternal, newborn and child and adolescent health, with a focus on the prevention of birth defects, preterm birth and associated disabilities.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts

February 1, 2019

Deadline for abstracts submission

May 31, 2019

Abstract acceptance notification

July 31, 2019

Conference registration starts

November 1, 2019

Early registration deadline

December 31, 2019

Regular registration deadline

January 31, 2020

Late registration

February 1, 2020

ICBD 2019 conference starts

March 1, 2020

ICBD 2019 Topics

Professionals, policy makers, researchers and students working in the areas related to the theme and topics of this conference are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. The conference will be organized around the following topics, with the focus of each being on the presentation of successful best practices/models of prevention and care of birth defects and premature birth around the world:

 

  1. Life course approaches for prevention of birth defects, stillbirth and preterm birth by addressing lifestyle, infections, nutrition and contraception
  2. Counting birth defects: Surveillance, newborn screening, pathological evaluations and ensuring data quality
  3. Programs and services for improving the health of women and girls before, during and after pregnancy
  4. Diagnostic strategies, including genetic testing for birth defects, across the life cycle
  5. Treatment options and care arrangements for individuals with birth defects and disabilities
  6. Ensuring continuation of services from pediatric to adult care for individuals with birth defects
  7. Reorienting healthcare system to integrate prevention and care of birth defects
  8. Use of information and communication technology, media and social networking for improving birth outcomes
  9.  The role of civil society, parent/patient organizations for birth defects prevention, advocacy and services
  10. Education of healthcare workers for improving the quality of maternal and newborn health services
  11. Networking and partnerships for birth defects related research, prevention and care
  12. National policies and programs for the birth defects prevention and care
  13. Strategies to reduce mortality and improve physical and developmental outcomes of children with birth defects
  14. Eliminating stigma and discrimination against persons with birth defects and disabilities
  15. Policy and practice implications of recent scientific and epidemiologic research related to birth defects and preterm birth
  16. Food fortification policies and programs for prevention of birth defects
  17. Addressing maternal and newborn health in humanitarian settings for improving birth outcomes
  18. Reducing exposure to harmful and teratogenic substances, including alcohol, drugs and medications for improving birth outcomes

ICBD 2019 Committees

ICBD Sustaining Advisory Committee

Members:

Dr. Kelle Moley
Sr. VP and Chief Scientific Officer, March of Dimes, USA

Dr. Salimah Walani
Vice President Global Programs, March of Dimes, USA

Dr. Cynthia Moore
Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA

Dr. Neena Raina
World Health Organization, South East Asia Regional Office, India

Dr. Pablo Duran
Pan American Health Organization- World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas, Uruguay

Dr. Carmencita Padilla
University of Philippines, Manila. Chair, 2013 ICBD in Philippines

Dr. Ignacio Zarante
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ), Colombia. Chair, 2017 ICBD in Colombia

Dr. Kapila Jayaratne
Sri Lanka Medical Association. Chair, 2019 ICBD in Sri Lanka

Mr. Federico Nuñez Perea
National Network for Prevention of Disability, Mexico. Chair, 2021 ICBD in Mexico

ICBD 2019 Conference Committees

Conference Chair

Dr Kapila Jayaratne

Dr Kapila Jayaratne

Secretary - Sri Lanka Medical Association

Sri Lanka

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr Salimah Walani

Dr Salimah Walani

Vice President of Global Programs, March of Dimes

USA

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Dr Anula Wijesundere

Dr Anula Wijesundere

President - Sri Lanka Medical Association

Sri Lanka

Scientific Committee

Chair

Prof Vajira Dissanayake

Prof Vajira Dissanayake

Chair Professor of Anatomy & Director of Human Genetics

Sri Lanka

Co-Chair

Dr Salimah Walani

Dr Salimah Walani

Vice President of Global Programs, March of Dimes

USA

Dr Navoda Attapattu

Dr Navoda Attapattu

Consultant Endocrinologist

Sri Lanka

Dr Hannah Blencowe

Dr Hannah Blencowe

Assistant Professor

UK

Dr Manjula Danansuriya

Dr Manjula Danansuriya

Consultant Community Physician

Sri Lanka

Dr Ernawati Darmawan

Dr Ernawati Darmawan

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, Universitas Airlangga

Indonesia

Ms Lasanthi Daskon

Ms Lasanthi Daskon

Attorney-at-Law, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Sri Lanka

Dr Ruwangi Dissanayake

Dr Ruwangi Dissanayake

Senior Lecturer and Honourary Consultant Paediatrician

Sri Lanka

Dr Boris Groisman

Dr Boris Groisman

Member of the Executive Committee, International Center for Birth Defects, Surveillance and Research

Argentina

Dr Paula Hurtado

Dr Paula Hurtado

Medical Geneticist, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Cali

Colombia

Dr Kapila Jayaratne

Dr Kapila Jayaratne

Secretary - Sri Lanka Medical Association

Sri Lanka

Dr Madhulika Kabra

Dr Madhulika Kabra

Additional Professor, Genetics Unit, Department of Pediatrics

India

Dr Vijaya Kancherla

Dr Vijaya Kancherla

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

USA

Prof Dhavendra Kumar

Prof Dhavendra Kumar

Chair, Indo UK Genetic Education Forum, Cardiff University

UK

Dr Ornella Lincetto

Dr Ornella Lincetto

Switzerland

Dr Nishani Lucus

Dr Nishani Lucus

Senior Lecturer and Consultant Neonatologist, De Soysa Hospital for Women

Sri Lanka

Dr Saqib Mahmood

Dr Saqib Mahmood

Associate Professor, University of Health Sciences

Pakistan

Dr Cara Mai

Dr Cara Mai

Health Scientist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

USA

Dr Rajesh Metha

Dr Rajesh Metha

Regional Adviser, World Health Organization, South East Asia Regional Office

India

Dr Anuruddha Padeniya

Dr Anuruddha Padeniya

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Sri Lanka

Dr Lahiru Prabodha

Dr Lahiru Prabodha

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Geneticist, University of Ruhuna

Sri Lanka

Dr Ratna Dua Puri

Dr Ratna Dua Puri

Clinical Geneticist, Sir Gangaram Hospital

India

Prof Raj Ramesar

Prof Raj Ramesar

Professor and Head, Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town

South Africa

Dr Pyara Rathnayake

Dr Pyara Rathnayake

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Sri Lanka

Dr Nathalie Roos

Dr Nathalie Roos

Switzerland

Dr Nirmala Sirisena

Dr Nirmala Sirisena

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Geneticist, Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Sri Lanka

Dr Samanmali Sumanasena

Dr Samanmali Sumanasena

Consultant Paediatrician & Senir Lectuer, Department of Dissability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Sri Lanka

Dr Nilam Thakur

Dr Nilam Thakur

Clinical Geneticist, Medical Genetics Unit, National Academy of Medical Sciences

Nepal

Dr Sarah Verbiest

Dr Sarah Verbiest

Director, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work University of North Carolina

USA

Dr Saraji Wijesekara

Dr Saraji Wijesekara

Senir Lecturer and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenapura

Sri Lanka

About Sri Lanka

Conference Venue

Accommodation

Special rates will be offered for the ICBD 2019 Participants, who book their accommodation via the conference PCO Island Leisure Pvt. Ltd. Online booking system will be open soon.
*Rate on BB Basis / Per Night Per Room

Cinnamon Grand Hotel

 

Star Category: 5* Luxury
Room Category: Superior
Single: USD 175|  Double: USD 187

Secondary Hotels

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel

Star Category: 5* Luxury
Room Category: Superior
Single: USD 165  |  Double: USD 170
Distance: 3km

Galadari Hotel

Star Category: 4*+
Room Category: Superior
Single: USD 110  |  Double: USD 115
Distance: 2km

Mandarina Colombo

Star Category: 4*
Room Category: Standard
Single: USD 105  |  Double: USD 110
Distance: 3km

ZMAX Fairway Colombo

Star Category: 4*
Room Category: Z Home
Single: USD 90  |  Double: USD 95
Distance: 3km

Pearl Grand Colombo

Star Category: 3*+
Room Category: Superior
Single: USD 85  |  Double: USD 90
Distance: 3km

Colombo City Hotel

Star Category: 3*
Room Category: Standard
Single: USD 65  |  Double: USD 70
Distance: 1km

ICBD Registration

2019 ICBD Registration Fees

Registration Fee includes: Access to all the conference programs, conference bag and materials, coffee breaks and lunch on conference days, and a certificate of attendance.

 Conference registration starts November 01, 2019

 

Deadline

High-income Countries

Low or Middle-income Countries

Sri Lankan Participants

Early Registration Fee

November 01, 2019

US$400
Rate for professionals

US$250
Rate for students

US$150
General rate

US$100
Rate for students and professionals affiliated with a not-for-profit institution from a low- or middle-income country

US$75
General rate

US$50
Professionals employed by the government, academic institutions or  not-for-profit organizations

US$25
Students of health professions: Total of 150 first come, first serve basis

Regular Registration Fee

from December 31, 2019

US$450

US$200

US$100

Late Registration Fee

From February 01, 2019

(including onsite registration)

US$500

US$275

US$125

 

Notes:

  • For a list of country income level classifications, check here
  • The registration fee may be waived for some presenters. If you are eligible, you will be notified with your abstract acceptance letter.
  • Students will be required to show a valid student identification card at the on-site registration desk.
  • Organizational and country information will be verified by the conference organizers as needed.

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